Poolies fly flag for town

PROUD: Tug Wilson and Harry Hardy with Chelsea Pensioner John Helliwell
PROUD: Tug Wilson and Harry Hardy with Chelsea Pensioner John Helliwell

TUG Wilson and Harry Hardy flew the flag for Hartlepool when they visited London.

The pair, who are members of the Hartlepool branch of the Royal Artillery Association, joined Chelsea pensioner John Helliwell to pose for this picture with the Mail’s Proud to be a Poolie poster.

Harry, from the Stranton area of Hartlepool, said: “Each year, the Royal Artillery designate a Gunners Sunday at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

“The Chelsea Pensioners who are ex-Gunners parade with standards from the Royal Artillery Association branches and march to a service in the hospital’s church.”

Tug and Harry know John, who is originally from Sheffield, from his time as a fellow standard bearer and persuaded him to pose with the poster.

Why not take your chance to show your passion about your town?

All we want you to do is pick up a copy of our poster from the Hartlepool Mail reception or download it from www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk. It contains the slogan Proud To Be A Poolie.

With the summer season fast approaching, take it with you whenever you go on holiday or go away for a short break.

Have your photograph taken with the poster and send it to us so that we can publish it – and show that you have helped to spread the Hartlepool word.

Send your photos – as well as details including age, address, telephone number and email – to the Mail newsdesk, Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, or log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

Our Proud To Be A Poolie campaign has so far reached:

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne.

CANADA: Langley City; British Columbia.

CARIBBEAN: Cayman Islands; Grenada; British Virgin Islands.

CYPRUS: Paphos.

LAOS: Nam Yone Village.

PORTUGAL: Vilamoura.

SPAIN: Benidorm.

UK: London, Derby; Hartlepool Marina; Summerhill, Hartlepool.

USA: Las Vegas; New York City.